The H120 replaces the Röst in November. The Röst was a big step for us when launched 3 years ago. It was the first amplifier we made in white color and the first one with proper IP control. The Röst opened many new doors for us, including a way in to smart homes.
As smart as the Röst was and still is, its streaming and digital capabilities are slowly becoming obsolete. We have since designed the H190, H590 and H390. All of which offer both Spotify Connect, a far more stable Upnp connection as well as upcoming updates making them Roon End-Points and AirPlay2 compatible. Other things are also coming.
We wanted to offer the same functionality in an even lower price point, and that is what you get in the upcoming H120.
- Control4 SDDP
- Spotify Connect
- Apple Airplay
- Upnp streaming
- Roon end point (upcoming updates)
One thing we did sacrifice compared to the H390 and H590 is DSD and MQA support. Both are rather costly to implement and we think they are less important in this price range. What we rather did was to radically improve the quality of the DAC inside, compared to the Röst
The Röst has the same menu system as its bigger brothers. Meaning you can software update it over internet and via the on-screen menu. You can also enter the menu to see its IP address and other information.
All inputs are individually configurable so you can set them as a home theater bypass input.
Another popular feature is the ability to set a maximum volume level individually for the headphone output and the speaker output. You can also customize the start-up volume for when the unit is powered up.
Finally, the new H120 will wake up from standby on LAN. So when the unit is off, you can still select it in Spotify, AirPlay etc and get it to wake up.
The H120 is built around the platform of the Röst, and in all honesty, the analog section is very similar. But not 100% similar. There are small improvements throughout the amplifier bringing it up the level you expect from our new models.
There are also improvements made to reduce noise on the headphone output, compared to the Röst.
The big thing, however, is the digital-analog-converter. The H120 uses the same DAC as the H190, and this is a massive step up from the Röst. It is quite simply a completely different level of D/A-conversion. It is smoother, more precise and more dynamic. So while it is already an upgrade when using analog it is a completely different animal when it comes to digital.
We finally chose to give it the nick name “Baby Giant”. Sort of taken from Isaac Newtons famous words: “If I saw further, it was because I stood on the shoulders of giants”.
It is true for the H120. It really carries forward the history of Hegel. Technology is taken directly from its giant brothers. There is 30 years of innovation going into this little amp.
30 years of innovation in a box we believe really will define the step above todays active speakers. Because that is what we are after. When you are done with your active speaker kit. Wondering what is over the next hill. You want to see further. We needed to design a relatively affordable amplifier that is so good that you immediately see…
See what is the next level of performance.